Bev Byrnes — Bowl with mandarins, oil on linen, 2015
Finished this one a couple weeks back. Getting the shadows of the mandarins was a learning process. Going in with brown umbers just didn’t look right, like the fruit was badly bruised. I needed to keep more of the local color in the shadows, keeping it solidly in the orange/red family while also darkening enough to denote shadow. The green of the leaves was a challenge, too. Eventually found a Kremer pigment that worked perfectly as the base, then added yellows and blues as needed. Painting the bowl was fun. It had a subtle sienna-tinged glaze around the underside that played beautifully against the soft blue of the body.
You bend over the fairest work of your creation and radiantly your own gaze is illumined in return. —Edith Stein
Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere. –Rupert Spira
Bev Byrnes — Ghost Pumpkin with Pears, oil on linen, 2015
Bev Byrnes — detail, Ghost Pumpkin with Pears, oil on panel, 2015
Finished. Oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches. It seems my paintings swing a pendulum between smooth and flat, and increasingly textured. This one sits in the latter category. Below is a detail image which hopefully shows some of what I’m referring to. A very satisfying painting to work on.
sunset at Asilomar
Sunset in the ethereal waves:
I cannot tell if the day
is ending, or the world, or if
the secret of secrets is inside me again.